Camellia House is a safe haven for women and their children in the Manawatu, offering temporary accommodation and support services to help gain back their independence. The trust received a grant of $1,191 to purchase outdoor equipment to create a play area for children to play, learn and have fun. The play area will create an environment for the children to learn through play by encouraging exploration, creativity and problem-solving, as well as enhancing their listening skills and ability to interact socially.
East End Surf Life Saving Club provides a community service to the people of New Plymouth by voluntarily providing lifeguards at East End Beach. The club received a grant of $3,500 to purchase specialist bodyboards for use by junior members (aged from 6 to 14) to kickstart their education around water safety and surf lifesaving. The bodyboards are specially designed to be safe to learn on (made from foam with handles) and provide junior members with skills that help them to stay safe near the ocean.
Everybody’s Theatre Society Incorporated is a Taranaki trust run by volunteers in the Opunake community. The trust works to highlight the unique bond between the theatre building and the community and has made the theatre a multi-functional facility that the wider community can benefit from. The trust received a grant of $1,600 to train volunteers to install the sound system used by live performers.
The Feilding and District Art Society Incorporated supports artists and artisans in the local community by hosting exhibitions, workshops and events including the Manawatu Art Expo. The society’s aim is to provide everyone in the region with the opportunity to see, make, or exhibit artwork with no barriers for participation. The society received a grant of $2,000 to fund the Youth Art Award prize at the 2022 Art Awards. The Youth Award category is for under 21’s and provides young artists with the opportunity to invest in their craft and exhibit their work for the first time.
Hamilton Arts Trust’s vision is – art everywhere every day, with the mission to bring the streets of Hamilton alive with art. Boon After Dark is the trust’s annual installation of temporary illuminated sculptures, which in 2022 will coincide with the first public celebration of Matariki. The trust received a grant of $3,800 to fund a Phonic Light Bridge and UV Spaghetti art works with the aim of providing free, high-quality, family friendly installations that enliven Hamilton city.
Kidz Need Dadz Charitable Trust aims to strengthen father-child relationships through support, education, and fun. The charity received a grant of $3,600 to support staff training and education to help improve the organisation’s sustainability and support it can provide to families, dads, and children in local communities.
Lisa Hooper received a grant of $5,825 to cover the additional cost of her son William’s therapy dog.
Lisa hopes to help her son lead a fulfilled and happy life and gain as much independence as possible.
Often William’s anxiety limits how much they can do as a family, even though he would dearly love to do more with younger brother Lincoln. By having a Therapy Dog to work with, Lisa believes William will gain confidence and give him support to experience new things.
Manta Watch New Zealand Charitable Trust’s mission is to increase the knowledge of and advocacy for Aotearoa New Zealand’s oceanic ecosystems through conducting scientific research on the globally endangered oceanic manta ray and spine-tailed devil ray. The trust received a grant of $2,516 to purchase an underwater scooter for the research team to record and collect in-water biological data of these species.
Maungaraki School’s aim is to educate the next generation, by teaching not only numeracy and literacy, but also other areas such as the environment and history. The school is situated on a hill looking over the Hutt Valley and is surrounded by native bush. The staff and students are passionate about the environment and the community is proactive in making the area predator free. The school received a grant of $814 to purchase six A24 Rat Stoat Trap Kits, to assist with the trapping of stoats. The traps are easy, safe and maintenance free for students to use and will assist in keeping the area predator free.
Moehau Environment Group Incorporated’s mission is to restore and protect the biodiversity and habitats of North Coromandel. The organisation implement large-scale conservation projects in partnership with local iwi, landowners, and regional and national bodies, while supporting the conservation initiatives of others across the region. The field team are focused on keeping priority pests under control; however, the emergence of ferrets is a new threat to the wildlife in the area. The organisation received a grant of $4,992 to purchase trapping equipment for the team and volunteers to set up a trapping operation to target the ferrets.